The long-hitting Belgian worked his way into a good position
near the top of the leaderboard before a double-bogey six at the
17th meant he had to settle for a four-under 68 and a total of
138, five strokes behind leader Ross Fisher of England (68).
"It's a shame to finish with a double because I was going along
nicely and making a few putts," Ryder Cup rookie Pieters told
reporters at Kingsbarns, one of three courses being used at the
pro-am event in Scotland.
"You can't drive it in the fairway bunkers here, you just can't.
I'll have to avoid those tomorrow at St Andrews as well."
Former Ryder Cup player Fisher was one stroke ahead of Swede
Joakim Lagergren (68).
Overnight leader Alex Noren (71), also from Sweden, was in third
spot on 135, one in front of South African Jbe Kruger (68).
(Writing by Tony Jimenez; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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